Posts with the tag System Recovery

Data Recovery on Linux using TestDisk

Recover Files using TestDisk

Mount the partition with the lost files read only:

sudo mount -o remount,ro /dev/sdX

Install the requirements, the TestDisk suite:

sudo apt-get install testdisk

Start analysing:

sudo testdisk /dev/sdX
  1. Select your disk and enter Proceed.
  2. TeskDisk tries to find the correct partition type. If you are sure, the...

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Remove the 5% root quota of an ext2 / ext3 partition

Usually 5% of the storage of an ext2 or ext3 volume are reserved for the root user. You can use tune2fs to make that space available to other users!

tune2fs -m 0 /dev/sdb1

Only do this for non-system partitions (as you might need the "root quota" to recover from full...

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Solve Boot Problems: The Kernel Did Not Find the Root Partition Using its UUID

On startup the system hung because the root UUID was not found.

So when I ran sudo blkid — executed from a live cd — it didn't show the root partition (all other partitions UUIDs were listed).

But tune2fs showed me its UUID

sudo tune2fs -l /dev/sda2

So I tried...

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Recover Deleted Files on an ext3 File System


  • unrm
  • ext3grep
  • foremost



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Recover Linux Account when You Forgot the Password

If you have a Linux machine and forgot the password you set during the installation process or if one of your friends gave you his old computer including a Linux installation without giving providing you his user name and password you can use this tutorial to help you...

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Ubuntu's Automatic File System Checks

Fix errors automatically on startup

sudo gedit /etc/default/rcS

and change FSCKFIX=no to FSCKFIX=yes

Force a check of all ext3 partitions on next startup

sudo touch /forcefsck

View results of previous filesystem checks

less /var/log/fsck/checkroot
less /var/log/fsck/checkfs

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